back to the drawing board

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - back to the drawing board

"back to the drawing board"

to begin again after a failure of a previous attempt


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - back to the drawing board

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I've been testing the new inventory control system for a week now and I just can't seem to get it to function properly. I've checked all the code several times.

Colleague 2:  Perhaps there is a fundamental flaw in the system.

Colleague 1:  I am beginning to believe that that is the case. I suppose it is back to the drawing board for me.

Colleague 2:  Sometimes starting over from the very beginning is the best approach to discover what went wrong.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - back to the drawing board

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I just learned that I failed Algebra II this semester.

Friend 2:  You'll have to go back to the drawing board next semester.

Friend 1:  I really do not like the idea of repeating the class but what choice to I have?

Friend 2:  You have no choice if you want the course credits. Perhaps you will understand the math better by starting fresh.

back to the drawing board - Usage:


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back to the drawing board - Gerund Form:

Going back to the drawing board can be a frustrating experience.

back to the drawing board - Examples:

1)  It means, the venture investors have to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to value the online equivalents of old-line businesses.

2)  Convertible does not make me think of a Supra at all. Back to the drawing board please Toyota.

3)  The main good practice learning is that going back to the "drawing board" when necessary can be critical to success. Having a clear business purpose.

4)  These are serious problems. Guess I need to go back to the drawing board.

5)  ... fool you into thinking this is anything good and send them back to the drawing board and force them to actually FIX the OS rather than making it more annoying.

6)  ... even begin constructive criticism, because it ALL needs to go back to the drawing board. Absolutely horrible. 

7)  ... not their job - they should be telling Congress to go back to the drawing board and do better.

8)  ... everything you've built so far and saying you'll just go back to the drawing board. It was a criminally stupid, short-sighted waste of all the massive amounts ...

9)  ... just that recent data and scientific research is forcing the envio-socialists back to the drawing board in order to make up new reasons, that haven't been refuted yet.

10)  Therefore, we believe that the Commission needs to go back to the drawing board and devise a regime which is much less prescriptive.

11)  OK, we need to go back to the drawing board, correct our mistakes. OK, go get the next one.

12)  ... where we simply throw that work out, force us to go back to the drawing board and start all over, ...

13)  ... won't do what you want and you have to go back to the drawing board and start all over again. 

14)  ... that the system was too unstable and expensive. They went back to the drawing board.

15)  ... but it's back to the drawing board for me and I'm not giving up!

16)  ... of many leading cosmological theories, disproving symmetry would mean it's back to the drawing board for physicists.

17)  Toledo's largest school district is heading back to the drawing board. Voters rejected the Toledo Public Schools levy 52 percent to 48 percent.

18)  Now we will go back to the drawing board and try to figure out where the theory is wrong.

19)  I think I need to go back to the drawing board on some of the core mechanics and try to find something that's more ...

20)  Why don't they go back to the drawing board and try to come up with some other way of getting the car to ...